The Tigers and C/1B/DH Victor Martinez have reportedly agreed to a 4-year, $50 million contract. Martinez will probably split time with Alex Avila behind the plate, then DH the rest of the time. His awkward smile will hopefully last the entire length of the contract.
Regardless of how you feel about Martinez’s defensive abilities (putting it nicely, I’m skeptical), his bat will provide a huge boost to the middle of the order. Switch hitters that consistently top .300, 20 HRs and 80 RBI a season don’t exactly grow on trees. I’m not a fan of the length of the deal (I would have hoped for a 2-3 year contract), but it’s nice to see the Tigers’ front office aggressively looking to improve their roster.